Toni Alcinas sends Peter Wright crashing out of the World Darts Championship

Alcinas sends home Snakebite (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Antonio Alcinas pulled off a sensational scalp at the 2018/19 World Championship on Sunday as he knocked out world number three Peter Wright 3-1 in the Second Round.

Mallorca marksman Alcinas, who reached the Last 16 a year ago, continued his love affair with the Alexandra Palace stage by dispatching the 2014 runner-up in style.

Alcinas took out 109 in the deciding leg of the first set after Wright had produced a stunning 167 checkout in leg three.

Spain's number two then strengthened his grip on the contest by securing the second set 3-1 to double his advantage, before Wright took the third set with the aid of a 10-darter to halve the deficit.

The first four legs of the fourth set were shared, before Alcinas broke throw with double 16 for a 13-darter in the decider to complete a famous victory.

"I played really well and I'm happy," said Alcinas, after defeating Wright for the first time in eight attempts.

"I had played against Peter several times and could never beat him. He didn't play his best game but it was still a hard match and I had to play well to win.

"It is a special moment for me and I hope I can go even further now."

Elsewhere, Dave Chisnall survived a scare as he fought back from two sets down to defeat Josh Payne in a nail-biting decider.

Payne, a winner on the PDC ProTour in 2018, looked to be cruising to victory when he took the first two sets without dropping a leg whilst averaging almost 110.

Chisnall produced a strong leg to break in the deciding leg in set three before taking the fourth set 3-1, forcing a decider, which he won by the same margin after Payne had missed a dart to level.

"I thought I was out when he was two-nil up," admitted Chisnall.

"I just had to believe that he wouldn't be able to keep playing as well as he was and I know that I get better the longer games go on.

"That's what happened and it gives me confidence for the longer format in the next round."

Luke Humphries impressed in his straight sets win over debutant Adam Hunt, in which he won nine consecutive legs after losing the first.

Newbury ace Humphries, who topped the PDC Development Tour Order of Merit for the second successive year, needed less than 20 minutes to complete his first World Championship victory.

"The first set was a bit scrappy but I'm really pleased with how I played after that," said the 23-year-old, who averaged 97.58.

"I feel like I am a better player this year and the Development and Challenge Tours have really helped me. Without them I wouldn't be here playing like I did."

Ross Smith ended the hopes of Singapore legend Paul Lim to complete a 3-1 victory over the 64-year-old star.

Smith, making his first Ally Pally appearance since 2014, took the first two sets with the aid of 106 and 138 checkouts.

Lim took out 76 to wrap up the third set in consecutive legs, but an 84 finish on the bullseye followed by a further two unanswered legs saw Smith safely through.

Former World Grand Prix finalist Brendan Dolan eased into the second round with a 3-0 win over China's Yuanjun Liu.

Dolan won the first two sets without allowing Liu any darts at doubles before a fabulous 141 finish saw the Northern Irishman take a seventh successive leg.

"I think my experience pulled me through," said Dolan, who is making his 11th consecutive World Championship appearance.

"It was all new to him and I made sure I started well and didn't let him in. I've been practising hard this year and I feel like it is starting to pay off."

Liu landed double 16 to get his only leg on the board before Dolan claimed the next two legs to wrap up a comfortable win.

Darius Labanauskas recovered from losing the first set to defeat Matthew Edgar on his Alexandra Palace debut.

Labanauskas, the first Lithuanian to compete in the World Championship, put 15 missed darts at doubles in set one behind him to take the second set 3-0 before winning the next two sets to set up a second round tie with Raymond Van Barneveld.

Germany's Gabriel Clemens was Sunday's first winner after he eased to a straight sets victory over Aden Kirk to set up a meeting with John Henderson in Round Two.

Ireland's William O'Connor moved into the second round at Ally Pally for the first time with a 3-0 win over Yordi Meeuwisse.

O'Connor took the first set 3-1 despite a brilliant 133 checkout from his Dutch opponent, before going on to win sets two and three in last-leg deciders to set up a last 64 meeting with James Wilson.

World Darts Championship 2018/19 Results


Sunday December 16

Afternoon Session
Gabriel Clemens 3-0 Aden Kirk (R1)
William O’Connor 3-0 Yordi Meeuwisse (R1)
Brendan Dolan 3-0 Yuanjun Liu (R1)
Dave Chisnall 3-2 Josh Payne (R2)
 
Evening Session 
Luke Humphries 3-0 Adam Hunt (R1)
Matthew Edgar 1-3 Darius Labanauskas (R1)
Ross Smith 3-1 Paul Lim (R1)
Peter Wright 1-3 Toni Alcinas (R2)



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